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2013 Patagonia Rubicon Women's Jacket


Pros: Super Warm

Cons: Slight air through front zipper.



Size Tested:  Small

Cut/Style : Fitted

Type: Insulated

Features:  Water proof DWR, wind proof, pit zips, nice pocket placement.


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Tahoe

Length of time Tested: 2 months

Weather Conditions: Varied – Wet windy, below freezing windy, and spring like

Demo or Own: Own


Tester Info:

Username: Trekchick

Age: 46

Height/Weight: 5’6” 130 lbs

Ski Days/Season: 80+

Years Skiing: 30 ish

Preferred Attire: Shell/Layering

Current Quiver:  Norrona Shell, Patagonia nano puff(s), Patagonia Rubicon, Fly Low Shell



Being a fan of the Patagonia Nano Puff, I thought it was time to try the Rubicon. 

At first glance really liked the pocket placement on the outside and inside, with a breast pocket and two hand pockets, as well as two drop in pockets and one media pocket on the inside.  This is a big plus for me as I like having options for stashing a snack, chap stick, and other essentials on a long ski day.  

Next up was to take the Rubicon skiing in an assortment of conditions including windy/wet, sub-zero, spring like .....you name it. 

I was pleased with the waterproofing of the DWR during the wetter days, loved the easy use of the pit zips on warmer days and the warmth of the down for colder days.  The only time I noticed a hint of cold was on a day when the wind was fierce and temperatures were brutally cold, which is when I felt a slight(very slight) amount of wind get through the front zipper.  This was such a slight break in the barrier that I almost didn't want to mention it. 


This is a jacket that I loved during testing so much that I put it on my "must have" list. 


Seen here accompanied with the Patagonia Primo Shell Pants. 

(can you tell that I can load up the pockets?)


2013 Patagonia Rubicon Women's Jacket

Cold temperatures at Big Sky, Stowe and Jackson Hole offer up the promise of white smoke, but if you’re not prepared, they’ll run away with your internal fire instead. Our Rubicon Down Jacket, insulated with deluxe 700-fill-power premium European goose down (the helmet-compatible hood is insulated too), delivers serious warmth to preserve your core temperature for riding in all conditions. The 100% polyester ripstop shell has a light, water-resistant coating and our Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish to stop moisture and wind and to increase durability. A soft polyester lining glides smoothly over layers to preserve mobility. Fleece at the collar and chin flap protects your neck from overhead blowback, and the fully featured, removable powder skirt (with webbing loops that connect to any Patagonia® snow pants) seals out snow at the waist. Pit zips keep you ventilated. Pocket rundown: two handwarmers, one chest and three interior pockets (one secures with a zipper; one holds a media device). With feminine shaping. Details Lightweight, durable polyester ripstop fabric is windproof and highly water resistant; 700-fill-power goose down insulation is warm and highly compressible Helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions. Soft microfleece panels placed in back of neck and chin are soft next to skin; high collar seals out cold air and snow Pit zips quickly release heat; articulated arms improve mobility Removable powder skirt with snap to secure webbing loop at center back keeps snow out and skirt down – connects to any Patagonia® Snow pants Zippered Pockets: Two handwarmers, one chest with secure media pocket and cable routing, one internal stash; two internal drop-in for goggles and gloves Low profile cuff design; drawcord exits into handwarmer pockets for easy adjustment Shell: 1.75-oz 40-denier 100% polyester ripstop coated with PU and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Lining and powder skirt: 2-oz 100% polyester plain weave. Insulation: 700-fill-power premium European goose down 700 g (24.7 oz) Technology Deluge® DWR Patagonia’s proprietary durable water repellent fabric finish, Deluge DWR, lasts substantially longer than standard DWRs. Garments with the Deluge DWR finish have like-new repellency after years of extensive use.

Seam TapedCritical taped
Powder SkirtRemoveable
FunctionOuter layer
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